My Silent Season

Hey loves!

I feel like I haven’t truly written to you in a while. I am not going to make an excuse but as I aim for transparency – I have felt a little burdened with life. I guess you could say I have just been putting the best out but still giving God the highest praises, every second of the day.

During my devotions one night, I really asked God – “Daddy why would you position me into something I am just not qualified for? You’ve brought me here and now you’re silent! Am I doing the right things? Why won’t You speak to me? I’m tired and I’m out of ideas”

After crying out to Him that night, the Holy Spirit instructed me to “Be Still”

Psalm 46:10 says:  “Be still, and know that I am God!”

Like, I HAVE been still though Jesus.

I honestly felt drained, devotion has become a routine – but I knew I had to keep talking to Him. I knew I was stronger than the struggle.

John 10:10 says: “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life”

The enemy would have loved if I had stopped praising Jesus. The more I got on my knees and into the Word, the more I learned – just because God is silent, does not mean that He isn’t working.

Romans 8:28 says: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them”

I now believe silent seasons are so important. They really test your faith and build complete endurance for the season to follow.

Just a few weeks ago you would have heard me say:  “God when is it going to be my time? Daddy Jesus, make this happen now or how much longer God? I am ready for my breakthrough. Don’t you see I have been faithful and praying? Are you hearing me God?”

Then a whisper came: But Dayna…..God is always speaking.

So what needed to change? My attitude, heart, thoughts and my speech.

I had to change my tone. Now it’s: “God, I trust you – You brought me to this so I know you’ve blessed me and called me to a purpose. You have promised me Eph 3:20. You’ve made me the head and not the tail. You are working. I know these season is temporary and for a reason. I am still your willing vessel Lord, use me. If you need me to go through this season for 50 more years, I am your faithful servant”

You see, my loves – God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. He doesn’t ask for a resume or a degree. He just ask for you to say “yes”. Some days that ‘yes’ will be easy and some days that ‘yes’ will be hard.

God qualifies you, not the world and other people’s opinions. That includes your boss, family, friends and church congregation. The primary relationship is between you and God. You should take instruction from the Holy Spirit. If He called you to it! Trust the call and the process – because He WILL take you through it.

Jesus meets you when you step out on faith.

Some of us want to see the fruit without the wait and the work.

The book of James says: “faith without work is dead.”

God will never call you to something that you already qualify for . How will the His glory be revealed if we do everything in our own might?

Moses spent 40 years in the desert – had his staff all along – couldn’t do anything with it until he chose to release it. We have to stop trying to do things in own strength. That saying “let go and let God” speaks volumes.

You see, God always gives us the choice. The choice to accept Him, the choice to follow Him and the choice to tell about His wonders.

So if we don’t release what we are carrying- how do you expect Him to bring you to what He has called you to?

You have authority by God – Luke 10:19

We must surrender our situations to God, when we surrender we have power through God over it.

Your past doesn’t disqualify you from God’s grace. Your past doesn’t disqualify you from God’s promise. Our Father will never ever ask you to surrender something if what he was going to give back wasn’t much greater!

The enemy only has the amount of access that you give to him. So lets slam that door shut on him and not let him control your mind. Praise God and speak life into each and every situation.

2 Thess 3:3 says:  “The Lord is faithful . He will establish you and guard you.”

God is faithful. Take time to be still and listen. When you’re weary – call on Him, lean on Him and trust Him today. 

(Credit @seekproverbness on Instagram for this quote)

lots and lots and lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

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Getting Tested?

So the season of Lent is about to begin tomorrow. It marks approximately 40 days until Good Friday. We pay close attention and reflect on the crucifixion and resurrection of our Christ Jesus.

I know many of us are planning to embark on a spiritual led fast or a season of reflection and repentance.

Usually during this time, just like Jesus was – we are tested and when a test comes what is your natural response? Do you pray or give up all the faith you had?

As I prepared to write this week’s post, the Lord placed Luke 10:19 on my heart.

Luke 10: 19 NKJV says: “ Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you”

Did you just read what I did in that verse??? Jesus gives me authority?? Wow, how many times have I sold for cheap that God given authority? That is like selling my birthright! How many times during the test do I just throw my hands up and give up. “Lord this is too much, why me God! Why me?”

It got me thinking about the countless times I had given up before the end of a test. It took me back to my school days, there was no way I would be sitting an exam and just give up! I would work so hard towards that A+. Failing was not an option because I knew I had a goal to achieve. I knew I wanted that Dental degree and in order to get it – I had to graduate, and in order to graduate – I had to pass every single test.

WOW.

So why are we trying to skip spiritual warfare and test? Where is your faith in the middle of test/storms? I have been wasting so much time not speaking authority over each and every situation. My God- given authority. Jesus has given me the POWER.

Corinthians 10:13 says:  “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God isfaithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

So, in addition to these trying times – God will never ask me or you to do something that  He does not plan on providing a map for.

Therefore the question is – how do we manage the test? Do we take out His word (the Bible) to search and seek for the clues? Are we praying asking Him for His help and guidance? Are we seeking Godly council?

You see, I think a lot of times we forget who the test is for. We try to turn things around on God, forgetting He is the author and mastermind. During a test we must learn to call on Jesus, asking him for the power he already gave us! He can’t help us unless we invite Him to.

Does it rain or snow every single day? Doesn’t the sun eventually come out? We can’t go around mistaking bad weather for a bad season. The enemy wants to plant a permanent decision of giving up in your mind – in the moment when it gets hard. But we can’t go around making decisions based on how we are feeling! We must put our feelings aside and remember during each test that everything is already prepared for you.

Romans 8:18 says: “ For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

God has His plans to reveal so let’s praise Him through every season.

Things of this world will always exist, but are they stronger than the power of our Lord and the power He has given to you?

You have the power! Embrace and use it!

Stay close to Him during the storm.

Pray. Pray. Pray.

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

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Delayed Disobedience

So the other day, during my quiet time, I found myself writing in my journal:

“I will not see the promise of God if I am not obedient to the call”

Do you understand this statement?

You see God spoke to me that night. He asked me to do a few things and I must be honest, I’ve been a little tired, distracted and complacent.

In that moment I really told myself – “There is literally no time to be tired, distracted and complacent with what God has instructed me to do”

I mean, how could I be? I have people waiting on the other side of my obedience. I have God’s plans be for me waiting on the other side of my obedience. What kind of fruit do I expect to reap if I would have continued like that?

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During the time, I truly thought about the seeds I missed out on planting during my time of delayed disobedience. Planting those seeds and watering them means that soon I would see growth. I would have my healthy imaginary tree that eventually bear beautiful fruit.

How can we expect to see the fruit of God’s work in our lives if we can’t even be obedient with the seeds He has given us?

Delayed disobedience is still disobedience. Let that sink in.

Have you been faithful with the last thing God told you to do?

lots of love and blessings,

The Graced Citizen

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